Book, Music, and Lyrics by Erin McConnell and Evan Lange
Directed by Janine Gardner and Trinity Gardner
Movement by Marin Johnson
Featuring MTM Executive Director Meghan Randolph
August 13* and 14 at 7:30 p.m., August 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale July 6 through the Campus Arts Box Office
Limited availability due to capacity restrictions
*The August 13 performance will be livestreamed
The Yellow Wallpaper is supported by the Marcia Legere Distinguished Playwright Residency Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me, or ever will."
In the late 1800s, a woman suffering from a "nervous condition" is brought to a country house to recover. Her husband refuses a first-floor room and instead selects the top floor of the home, a large space covered end to end in a bizarrely-patterned yellow wallpaper, by which the woman is instantly disgusted. As the weeks pass, her condition deteriorates, and she discovers a terrifying secret hidden beneath the paper's seams.
Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's iconic story, The Yellow Wallpaper is an MTM original, brought to life by local composers Erin McConnell (Beyond the Ingenue, Lizzie, 35mm, Nine) and Evan Lange (Beyond the Ingenue, Lizzie, Little Miss Sunshine), directed by Janine Gardner (Beyond the Ingenue, Elegies..., Parade) and Trinity Gardner (Parade, Hephaestus, Ten Days In A Madhouse) and performed by Executive Director Meghan Randolph (Lizzie, Nevermore, Wild Party). Embracing the story's deep impact the horror genre, this tightly-woven psychological thriller is sure to give you chills, even on a hot summer night.
Box office services are provided through the Campus Arts Box Office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Click here to see their hours and policies.
Ticket Prices: $28.00 in-person, $22.00 for live-stream on August 13. Prices include a $5.00 facility fee that is retained by the Union Theater. The Union Theater will assess a fee if you would like to have your tickets mailed to you. Otherwise, no additional fees!
How to order:
Tickets can be purchased in one of three ways:
1. Order online. (Link available July 5.)
2. Call the Campus Arts Box Office at 608-265-ARTS.
3. Visit the box office at the Union (800 Langdon St.) during business hours or starting one hour before performances. Enter through the doors at Park and Langdon Streets. Click here for a map.
Seating and Health Guidelines: The Yellow Wallpaper will be able to perform for a live audience with a maximum capacity of 50 people in the audience. If you are unable to attend, the show will be livestreamed on August 13 and available to watch online after the run concludes.
If you plan to attend a live performance, that's awesome! We can't wait to see you. Please be advised of the following guidelines, per Wisconsin Union policy:
Distancing: Please allow for 6 feet of physical distancing between you and others who are not in your household/living unit. We will have seating "pods" marked off in the theatre so that you can be certain of distance. We recommend arriving early to find your seat.
Masks: Individuals who are not vaccinated must wear a face covering at all times. Vaccinated people who want to wear a face covering are more than welcome to do so, but are not required.
Drinks: Beverages purchased in the Union, as well as water bottles, are allowed in the theatre during the performance. This includes beverages purchased at the Rathskeller. No food is allowed in the theatre.
Advisory: Be advised that given the layout of the space, actors, musicians, and technical staff may be near you. We will maintain at least six feet of distance, however. Everyone working with Music Theatre of Madison this summer will be vaccinated.
Accommodations: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact so that we can make sure an accessible, distanced seat is reserved for you.
Post-show: After the show and talkback, please do not mingle in the lobby area as six feet of physical distancing is still required indoors. If you would like to talk with friends or family, we recommend you step outside onto the beautiful Union Terrace for drinks, food, and music!
Parking/Transportation: There are over 2500 parking spots within a five-minute walk of the Union. The Union is also widely accessible via public transportation. Click here for complete information.
Location: The Play Circle is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Enter through the doors at the corner of Park and Langdon Streets. The box office is on your left, past the information desk. The elevator to the second floor is on your right. The stairs just inside the door will take you to other parts of the building to enjoy dining and drinks before the performance. Click here for additional location information.
Pre-show dining: The Memorial Union is home to several casual dining restaurants including standard American fare, pizza, custom sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and full-service bars. These establishments are open but may have COVID-19 restrictions in place. Visit the Memorial Union website for details. You can even bring your drinks with you into the theatre! The UW-Campus and State Street are within walking distance and have many options for dining and drinks.
Content Advisory: The Yellow Wallpaper is a psychological thriller. The production is atmospherically tense. The main character goes through psychological distress throughout the production. Additionally, there is a brief instance of flashing lights and increased sound. The production does not contain language, sexual situations, or nudity.